NASPA and NCPA Release “A Guide to Implementing Point-of-Care Testing Services in Community Pharmacy”

The NCPA Innovation Center, a supporting organization of the National Community Pharmacists Association, has teamed up with the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations to develop and release a new guidance document to help community pharmacy teams with their point-of-care testing services. This work was completed with support from QuidelOrtho Corporation.

POCT involves screenings and tests that produce rapid, reliable results to aid in identifying, monitoring, and treating acute infections or chronic diseases. In addition to enhancing patient care and improving health, it provides an excellent opportunity for pharmacies to expand revenue-generating services. The new document – “A Guide to Implementing Point-of-Care Testing Services in Community Pharmacy” – was developed to broadly help with setting up and providing these services, marketing them in their communities, and navigating reimbursement. Pharmacy teams should consult with their state pharmacy association or board of pharmacy for information on specific laws and regulations.

“Point-of-care testing has become increasingly important as community pharmacies seek to fill gaps in primary care and develop diversified revenue streams,” says NCPA President Lea Wolsoncroft, RPh. “This implementation guide provides an A-Z roadmap for pharmacists interested in offering this service in their practice setting and will be a valuable tool in doing so most effectively.”

“NASPA was excited to partner with the NCPA Innovation Center in creating this important resource for community pharmacists. Pharmacists’ accessibility and expertise make them well positioned to assess and treat minor, nonchronic health conditions – a significant benefit for our communities,” says Krystalyn Weaver, PharmD, JD, NASPA EVP & CEO.

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Looking for additional point-of-care training?  The NASPA Pharmacy-based Point-of-Care Test & Treat National Certificate Program provides an opportunity to gain the skills and information necessary to develop a testing program such as influenza, Group A Streptococcus, HIV, Hepatitis C, coronaviruses, and chronic diseases. The 20-hour ACPE-accredited certificate program includes comprehensive material regarding key disease states, physical assessment, point-of-care tests and treatment, and business models through 16 hours of home study and 4 hours of live training.  Created in 2013, the NASPA program has trained thousands of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and student pharmacists across the country.  More information can be found at naspa.us/poct.